10 Offbeat Christmas Dinners

November 23, 2011

Are you rib-roasted out, tired of turkey and huffing "humbugs" over ham? Jazz up your Christmas menu this holiday with something new.

Easy Chicken SaltimboccaMiddle Eastern Cornish HensLamb Chops with Black Olive PestoCrock Pot PosoleRoasted Winter Squash with Cornbread StuffingTuscan-Rubbed SalmonRosemary Apricot Pork TenderloinSpinach LasagnaChicken Fricassee with Peas and OrzoItalian Fisherman's Stew
Wrapped with prosciutto and covered in a crispy cheesy breading, this chicken lives up to its Italian name, which translates as "jumps in the mouth." Recipe: Chicken Saltimbocca
A centerpiece of four Cornish hens will floor holiday guests, but the sophisticated presentation is just a little Christmas magic. No one will ever know the spiced rub takes only five minutes to prepare! Recipe: Middle Eastern Cornish Hens
Make lamb chops pop with pesto and black olives. Serve with traditional mashed potatoes, buttery gnocchi, orzo or a side of angel hair pasta tossed in olive oil, Parmesan and a bit of basil. Recipe: Lamb Chops with Black Olive Pesto
Sit back, relax and let your Crock Pot do all the work! Our cozy-up Mexican-style pork stew is flavorful and Christmas-y when topped with red radishes and green parsley. Recipe: Crock Pot Posole
Vegetarians rejoice! This Christmas we are stuffing butternut squash rather than turkey. Serve in a bed of spinach to punch up the bright colors. Recipe: Roasted Winter Squash with Cornbread Stuffing
If your family celebrates big at brunch, a quick-and easy-dish may be all you want at dinner. Go low maintenance with spicy salmon; it's ready in under 10 minutes. Recipe: Tuscan-Rubbed Salmon
Crank up tender pork's sweetness with a seasonal apricot glaze. Serve with creamy polenta and a crisp cranberry walnut salad to balance the flavors. Recipe: Rosemary Apricot Pork Tenderloin
Layers of tomato sauce and spinach lace our vegetarian-friendly lasagna with Christmas colors. We suggest preparing a day before to cut down on holiday hassle. Recipe: Spinach Lasagna
Creamy peas, carrots and ham dress up chicken for the holidays. Serve over a bed of fluffy rice with braised greens or a crisp salad and bread for a simple, pleasing holiday meal. Recipe: Chicken Fricassee with Peas and Orzo
Celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes with our colorful stew, thick with shrimp and scallops. Croutons made with chewy rustic bread brushed with olive and vinegar add piquant flavor and sop up the juices. Recipe: Italian Fisherman's Stew
Wrapped with prosciutto and covered in a crispy cheesy breading, this chicken lives up to its Italian name, which translates as "jumps in the mouth."


Recipe: Chicken SaltimboccaA centerpiece of four Cornish hens will floor holiday guests, but the sophisticated presentation is just a little Christmas magic. No one will ever know the spiced rub takes only five minutes to prepare!


Recipe: Middle Eastern Cornish HensMake lamb chops pop with pesto and black olives. Serve with traditional mashed potatoes, buttery gnocchi, orzo or a side of angel hair pasta tossed in olive oil, Parmesan and a bit of basil.


Recipe: Lamb Chops with Black Olive PestoSit back, relax and let your Crock Pot do all the work! Our cozy-up Mexican-style pork stew is flavorful and Christmas-y when topped with red radishes and green parsley.


Recipe: Crock Pot PosoleVegetarians  rejoice! This Christmas we are stuffing butternut squash rather than turkey. Serve in a bed of spinach to punch up the bright colors.


Recipe: Roasted Winter Squash with Cornbread StuffingIf your family celebrates big at brunch, a quick-and easy-dish may be all you want at dinner. Go low maintenance with spicy salmon; it's ready in under 10 minutes.


Recipe: Tuscan-Rubbed SalmonCrank up tender pork's sweetness with a seasonal apricot glaze. Serve  with creamy polenta and a crisp cranberry walnut salad to balance the flavors.


Recipe: Rosemary Apricot Pork TenderloinLayers of tomato sauce and spinach lace our vegetarian-friendly lasagna with Christmas colors. We suggest preparing a day before to cut down on holiday hassle.


Recipe: Spinach LasagnaCreamy peas, carrots and ham dress up chicken for the holidays. Serve over a bed of fluffy rice with braised greens or a crisp salad and bread for a simple, pleasing holiday meal.


Recipe: Chicken Fricassee with Peas and OrzoCelebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes with our colorful stew, thick with shrimp and scallops. Croutons made with chewy rustic bread brushed with olive and vinegar add piquant flavor and sop up the juices.


Recipe: Italian Fisherman's Stew
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